October 30, 2015

Excited to announce the expansion of Janice Blackmon Events to Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area!!!

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:06 am by JBEvents

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Following many years of success in Atlanta, it is only fitting that I announce, with tremendous excitement, the expansion of Janice Blackmon Events into Florida. Wedding packages for both Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area have already been assembled and custom destinations are available upon request. Currently, the packages contain planning assistancephotography and vacation rental (subject to availability). Additional options are to come.

I have produced a number of weddings in Sarasota and to rave reviews. I look forward to continuing to offer these areas a higher level of event planning and production with my innovative ideas, creative design and flawless production of social celebrations. My vast experience and qualifications as an award-winning professional will re-energize social events and elevate the wedding and special events industry.  

Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area are popular destinations for weddings because of their temperate climates and world-class beaches. Unbeknownst to many, the area offers a plethora of stunning and cultural venues.  In addition to selecting your venue(s), we can arrange for all other necessary vendors to carry out your vision. As a former resident of Sarasota, I have strong partnerships with many local vendors that prove to be invaluable for my clients and other industry professionals.  My contacts and their companies include, but are not limited to, décor rental companies, floral designers, officiants, musicians, tents, sound systems, uplighting and specialty linens. We are also able to assist in obtaining any necessary permits.

As with any destination wedding, there are many factors that need to be considered. I have addressed these factors with the services I have incorporated for my Sarasota and Tampa Bay clients. In addition, I am able to assist with all of the designing, planning and production of the wedding itself.

Researching and selecting the vendors with which I have chosen to partner has been a labor of love. I am still putting the finishing touches on my choices. Please see below for the inaugural conception of my newest packages and services for Janice Blackmon Events, Sarasota Division. These packages and services will continue to evolve.

Sarasota Weddings and Special Events by Janice Blackmon!

When selecting a destination wedding, accommodations are always a main concern.  Imagine having a private home complete with a pool for your family or your bridal party to enjoy. The house is fully furnished and close to many of the cultural and entertainment options in Sarasota.  Spend the day by the pool or at one of the many beautiful beaches and then return back to your private oasis for a relaxing evening.  For a little more excitement, head to one of the numerous restaurants and lounges for some fresh seafood and live music. 

Spend the morning of your wedding day in the comfortable surroundings of your rented home while having your hair and make-up services done. Let us arrange transportation for your wedding party and family to and from the wedding ceremony and reception. After the celebration, return to the private house to enjoy your first night as newlyweds.  Keep in mind – one of the special options we offer is breakfast delivered to you personally the day after your wedding. We can also arrange for other accommodations at area hotels or rental properties for your traveling guests if desired.

A professional photographer is essential to capture your beautiful wedding so that you can relive it for years to come. The photographer I have selected has an excellent, long-standing reputation in the area and provides exceptional quality of images and personal service. Feeling at ease with your photographer is important. Your photographer should make you feel comfortable, ensuring amazing images and wonderful memories.  I guarantee you will entrust Lauren and Jaye immediately! They are sure to produce gorgeous images of your wedding day. In addition to the standard package they offer, optional services can be added, such as additional hours of coverage, engagement, post-wedding day or even boudoir photos. 

A beach wedding at sunset is beautiful and can accommodate a variety of guest counts. From a small intimate celebration to a large festive party – both are possibilities. You may choose to have both your ceremony and reception on the beach or just your ceremony. Should you choose to have your reception at a venue, we are happy to determine the perfect place that suits your location and style. Whether it is a luxury hotel ballroom, a majestic art museum, the botanical garden, a historic home or a rustic setting amidst oak trees – the possibilities are endless. We are able to make your dream wedding a reality.

Our planning services include: 

Checklists:  A minimum of five checklists will be provided during the engagement period that will keep you on task with the details of your planning. These checklists will serve as a very useful tool to ensure all the details of the wedding are covered. We will assist with any details you desire and we will create a package that provides an appropriate amount of consulting/planning assistance. 

Vendor Meeting:  We will meet at your venue with key vendors to discuss the wedding day schedule and set-up. This ensures your vision is properly understood by all involved.  

Final Planning Meeting:  We will create a detailed and comprehensive Wedding Day Schedule prepared to your specifications.

Wedding Day Preparation and Scheduling:  The Wedding Day Schedule is comprised of information obtained during the Final Planning Meeting and Vendor Meeting. In addition to the schedule, your vendors will be provided the following confirmation documents: specific vendor itineraries, venue directions, a floor plan and contact information. We will also provide you a list of vendor balances due and suggested vendor gratuities.

Ceremony RehearsalWe will conduct your ceremony rehearsal the day before the wedding. If your ceremony site includes a wedding director, we will still be at the rehearsal to introduce ourselves to your wedding party, distribute the Wedding Party Itinerary’s and retrieve all of your essential wedding day accessories (toasting flutes, guest book, marriage license, rings, etc.). We will also obtain from you any wedding day payments and gratuities that will be distributed to your vendors on your wedding day.

Wedding Day Production: A minimum of two coordinators will be present on your wedding day to ensure timely wedding party preparedness for your special day. The duties that will be conducted include: ensure Bride is properly dressed with all accessories, coordination of pre and post ceremony pictures, set-up of ceremony items (unity candle, guest book, programs, card box), usher instruction on guest seating, orchestration of your wedding ceremony. We will be onsite throughout the reception, as well. Duties that will be covered include: oversee vendor arrival and set-up, ensure all of your accessories are displayed (guest book, toasting flutes, table assignment cards, place cards, menu cards, etc.) and cue all of the events at your reception (first dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc.). We also work with all vendors onsite to ensure a smooth and flawless event by: cueing all activities and announcements, making sure dinner service is timely, instructing cake-cutting, advising those offering toasts, pampering the wedding couple throughout the reception and attending to any other needs the couple may have.  We will make sure all of your items are safely packed up at the end of the reception, as well. Our goal is to make sure that you and your family are the special guests at your wedding without having to worry about any of the details.

Let us handle the planning while you enjoy your engagement!  You deserve a stress-free, flawless wedding, and with my services you will get just that.

Whether you live out of state and want to plan a destination wedding, or you are a local resident ready to plan your wedding, we can assist with any and all of the details.  Contact us to find out more and let the planning fun begin!!

Consultations available via phone, SKYPE, FaceTime or in-person (upon appointment). 

Here are just a couple of testimonials from my Sarasota clients:

 “My husband and I were recently married in Sarasota Fl, and are so happy we chose Janice to plan our wedding! She is very detail oriented and didn’t miss a beat when it came to planning our wedding. She took care of EVERYTHING! The D.J., the venue, the caterer, the invitations, and much much more. She made our wedding day stress free. We even had a mishap with our wedding cake and Janice dressed it up so beautifully to match our wedding! She was there to andwer all of my questions and concerns. I thought I knew everything there was to know on planning a wedding, but boy I was wrong! Janice has an incredible team and made our day perfect. We will never forget it! Thank You Janice!!”…Ashley, December, 2013

“if you’re looking for the perfect wedding planner you have found her! Janice Blackmon is absolutely amazing at what she does and she loves it.  It was my absolute dream wedding I could have asked for more!! She pays so much attention to small detail that I would never have thought of I would definitely recommend her to anyone!” …Morgan, November 2014

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Couple at Marina

Jessica K Photography

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Ceremony at Windsong Oaks Sarasota by Lauren Bates Photography

Lauren Bates Photography

Back of couple walking at Windsong Oaks Sarasota by Lauren Bates Photography

Lauren Bates Photography

Couple walking beside pasture in Windsong Oak by Lauren Bates Photography

Lauren Bates Photography

Reception view at Windsong Oaks Sarasota by Lauren Bates Photography

Lauren Bates Photography

Windsong Oaks by Lauren Bates Photography ~ Sweetheart Table

Lauren Bates Photography

Ritz Carlton St. Armands Jr Ballroom Sarasota

Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

Ritz Carlton Sarasota reception setup on the Grand Lawn

Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

Ritz Carlton Sarasota wedding

Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

Ca'd zan Ringling Museum Sarasota Florida

Ca’d Zan Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Ringling Museum dancing

Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Ringling Museum reception cake

Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Ringling Museum reception in the courtyard

Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning, event planning firm specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event! 

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July 31, 2015

Morgan & Jesse’s Beach Wedding!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:15 pm by JBEvents

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This wedding combines some of my favorite things; the BEACH and life-long friends! 

I was super excited to help plan and produce Morgan & Jesse’s wedding.  Jesse is the son of my best-friend and the 2nd sibling in the family that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  

A unique touch that was in keeping with the beach theme, was that the guys wore starfish instead of a flower boutonniere.

The Sandbar Restaurant and The Studio at Gulf and Pine on Anna Maria Island were selected as the venue.  The ceremony took place on the beach right at sunset.  It was gorgeous.  The couple was so adorable exchanging vows ~ you could feel their love all around.

As soon as the ceremony was over, while guests were making their way over to the reception venue, some lovely sunset photos of the couple and the wedding party were captured by the photographer, Ted West.  

The guests were asked to write a message for the couple and place it in a bottle instead of a traditional guest book.  The couple will read the messages on their 1st Anniversary!!

Guests dined on a delicious array of food provided by the venue while DJ Peyt Dewar spun hits beckoning guests to the dance floor. 

The beach-themed wedding cake was not only beautiful but very tasteful as well. 

The recipients of the bouquet toss and garter throw which happen to be the groom’s sister and future brother-in-law are making good on the tradition of being the next couple to marry AND I’m thrilled to be producing that wedding as well.  

Morgan & Jesse departed the reception amidst a sparkler fanfare as they departed into the night to begin their married life together!

We wish Morgan & Jesse a lifetime of happiness.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day!!

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December 9, 2011

A Beautiful DIY Wedding!!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:35 pm by JBEvents

Regardless of a wedding’s budget, you can always have a beautiful wedding.  Such is the case with Ashley & Jon.

Starting with the personal flowers, the bride and her bridesmaids had a little Bouquet making Party.  Ashley purchased flowers from a wholesale flower outlet and then with instructions from the provider and us, they made the bouquets, boutonnieres and mothers flowers.  They turned out so nicely and offered a substantial cost savings. 

Ashley set her wedding theme as Winter Wonderland ~ which for a Florida wedding is unique in any case.  Her color palette was royal blue, silver and white.  Because she was going to provide all of the decor herself, Ashley began searching for items that would fit into her theme a year in advance.  She found adorable candle stands and small blue and silver ornaments.  To give the idea of snow, she used white sparkly material which was placed in the center of the family style tables on top of which the candelabra and ornaments were placed.  She used blue table cloths for linens.  To enhance the look of the cake and Sweetheart Tables, we provided gorgeous linens from Chair Covers and Linens.  These linens added an extra  special touch to the room and pulled the look together.

The room was further enhanced with blue and silver garland and silver snowflakes!  We even had a Christmas Tree decorated in the same color pattern!  Even though it was 80 degrees outside, guests could get the sense of being in a Winter Wonderland when they entered the reception.

To involve the guests and create a lasting memory, a “photo booth” was set-up where guests could don fun items or just be themself while a photo was taken that will be placed in the Guest Book next to their personal message. 

The guests feasted on pork loin, roasted red potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, rolls and several other items. 

Boxes of candy mints were placed at each guests seat as favors while bowls of M&M’s were on each table for guests to enjoy throughout the reception.

The Matron of Honor and one of the groomsmen offered meaningful toasts to the couple. 

When the time came for the specialty dances, the bride and groom took the floor dancing to “From this Moment” by Shania Twain.  For a sweet twist, the bride then had a dance with her mom to “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood.  The groom and his mom entered the same song half-way through.  To get the crowd on their feet, the Wedding Party was asked to get on the dance floor while the “Theme from Friends” played as all guests were then invited to join in the party.

The couple departed through a path of their family and friends blowing bubbles to wish them well.  As they drove away, they were still smiling after being surrounded by all of the love of those who celebrated their special day with them.

We wish Ashley & Jon a lifetime of Happiness!!!!

August 17, 2011

Beach Weddings

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:29 am by JBEvents

For those of you that know me, it comes as no surprise that my favorite place to be is the beach.  With that in mind, there are so many fantastic ideas for beach weddings.  Whether you want a more formal wedding or the most casual, there are options to fit your style.  There are so many locations to select from – some of which are all-inclusive resorts, while others are just beautiful beaches in popular vacation spots. Each location does have different rules and regulations on events, however, I can assist with coordinating all of the details so that your beach wedding will be stress free and flawless.

There is something about a wedding taking place at the beach – whether you choose sunrise or sunset as the appointed time, the beauty of the sand and water creates a stunning backdrop.

Of course, you must keep in mind that planning a beach wedding does have some specific areas of consideration, mainly weather!  Especially if you are planning a Florida beach wedding, you need to be aware that afternoon/evening pop-up showers are a very common occurrence – more so in the summer months than other times of the year.  Many times, these showers are short-lived, but can make a difference in the timeframe of the wedding. 

Some couples choose to have more of a “gathering” of family and friends on the beach to observe the vows while others want the complete setting of the ceremony.  For a “gathering”, typically no seats are provided (unless there are circumstances for special guests requiring a seat).  Guests arrive at the appointed time and are usually greeted by either a family friend or other selected person.  When it is time for the ceremony, the guests are directed to the location of the ceremony.  Once in place, the wedding party emerges and takes their place.  Some couples will have the traditional music played either by live musicians or via a sound system – while others choose to not have any music.  The guests gather around the couple surrounding them in a circle of love and support and watch while the couple recites their vows.  In this type of ceremony, usually at the conclusion, the guests will congratulate the couple right on the spot.  Of course, many couples do choose to have the traditional recession of the bride and groom and wedding party, if applicable, and then return to the ceremony area for photos.

For the more traditional ceremony setting, chairs are set-up for the guests and music is provided.  The wedding party and bride and groom would process in just as would be a normal ceremony. 

Regarding appropriate wedding attire, the options are wide-opened, however, keep in mind that if the wedding will take place on the beach, a long train on the bride’s dress is not necessarily appropriate.  Usually, most brides select a lighter style of dress with little or no train and some even select one of the stylish short wedding dresses.  For the gentlemen, khaki pants are by far the most popular paired with a crisp white shirt.  Another variation would be white linen trousers with perhaps a blue shirt.  Footwear is another area that should be considered.  Sandals are most appropriate or the guys could even wear deck shoes.  Heels are not recommended as walking in sand is tricky. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The reception for the beach wedding can be varied as well.  Many couples will have a venue selected for their reception close-by – whether a hotel or other venue, while some opt to continue to celebrate at the beach perhaps in a Pavilion or barbecue/picnic area.  (Please check with your specific beach for the guidelines and rules).

   

 

 

 

 

The menu for a beach themed reception is also wide open for options.  It of course makes sense to have seafood offered, however, don’t feel limited to only those options.  A specialty cocktail, whether an original creation or a typical tropical concoction, is a wonderful element that will please and refresh your guests.

 

 Many couples will opt for a beach-themed wedding cake, but just as appropriate would be individual desserts or perhaps an Ice Cream or Gelato cart.

   

Finding an appropriate table for the display of the cake or treats is also important.  I happen to love the driftwood table and think that a cake placed on it would make a huge statement. 

There are so many varieties of stationery products appropriate for a beach wedding.  Set the tone with your Save the Dates and Invitations.  If you are having more of a casual type of event, your stationery products should relay that message by their style. 

Carrying the beach theme all the way through would also include the Escort cards (for assigned seating receptions), décor, menu cards, music selection, favors as well as fanfare for departure.

 

 

It makes sense to incorporate natural elements found at the beach into the décor – whether personally gathered or purchased (be advised some plants and items found at or growing at/on the beach are against the law to pick).  There are so many varieties of shells available that you could select either just one type or use a combination of many.  Driftwood is another common element found at the beach and a wonderful addition to décor. 

Depending upon the time of the ceremony, the type of reception could be a morning breakfast or brunch or an evening dinner or even a low-country boil.  The level of formality selected will dictate the types of products (linens, table settings, glassware, etc.) to be used.  Again – please check with your location to determine what the rules are regarding glass, etc., at the beach.  The level of formality will also aid in selecting the menu.  The earlier in the day the event, the food options are of the lighter variety.

If the reception is held at the beach, it’s fun to incorporate typical beach activities such as volleyball, paddle ball, limbo, even horseshoes or corn hole.  For daytime events, providing sunscreen and wet wipes proves to be a nice and needed touch.  And don’t forget about providing flip-flops for your guests. 

Favors abound in a beach theme – from shaped candies to beach-themed barware, to beach towels or many other items. 

Also in keeping with the beach theme, this is a perfect setting for a Unity Sand Ceremony.  You can have your ring bearer carry an adorable beach themed pillow.  Other accessories that would also be appropriate would be beach themed toasting flutes, cake knife and server and even the guest book. A really cute idea is to place the ceremony program or even the menu in a bottle.  These bottles could also be used as another option for table assignment items.

What better place than to have a little fun with the sand by using it for some clever  photos.  There are vendors that will make a custom “photo” for the couple by having your names, wedding date or other message written in the sand.  Something that I think is so cute is flip-flops that have “Just Married” stenciled on the bottom, so that when you walk on the sand, it leaves the imprint. 

There is usually a breeze at the beach – but just to be prepared, why not provide fans to your guests.  You can select natural raffia fans or fans that coordinate with the wedding color palette. 

Another thoughtful gesture for guests comfort is to provide umbrellas/parasols.  These too can create fantastic photo opportunities as well as provide protection for those unexpected rain showers.

There are so many amazing ideas for beach weddings beginning with the location, theme, and décor.  Whether you want to have a close destination or one further away, there is a beach that is just perfect for your wedding. 

To begin planning your Beach nuptials, contact us and we will begin working on making the plans for your flawless wedding!!! We are available for travel worldwide and with our connections, we are able to plan your perfect beach wedding.

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